Meridian Star

January 18, 2013

Last Minute bucks and ‘Single Shot Season’

By Mike Giles / outdoors writer
Mike Giles

MERIDIAN —    Mothers, grandmothers and girlfriends can rejoice now that deer season is over. Honey-do lists, trips and all manner of household projects can be completed now that the regular season is officially over. At least that’s the wish of more than a few ladies in our area. But wait, something’s amiss here. Yes, I checked and the final deer season with modern firearms ended Thursday January 17th.

     But the ladies have been thrown a curve ball it seems. With bucks and does hitting the food sources hard and moving well die hard hunters have been given a reprieve. And that reprieve is now called “single shot season” by hunters in the know. For people out of the loop that’s what dyed-in-the-wool hunter’s call the recently enacted “primitive weapons” season that runs through the end of the month.

     Yes, hunters may now use primitive weapons such as the 45/70, 444 and 30 caliber Whelan. While they may be primitive by modern standards they’re accurate in many cases up to 150 to 200 yards and are much more dependable than the traditional black powder weapons.

     While many modern rifles are bolt action and require only a quick bolting of the rifle breech to rack another shell into the chamber, they’re just a bit quicker loading than a single shot rifle, but not by much. A seasoned hunter holding an extra cartridge between his or her fingers can quickly pop the breech open and load another “primitive” shell into the chamber and lock and load in seconds!

     Though many local hunters have taken to calling this late season single shot season, never doubt the accuracy, effectiveness, and potential that these so called “primitive weapons” give you. With many bucks still chasing does and all of the deer hitting the food plots hard, there may be no better time than right now to harvest the buck of a lifetime.

     Some hunters are hunting around the green fields and reporting sightings of bucks, does and rutting activity as well. Still others report that monster bucks are exposing themselves in the daylight hours as they search hard to find food sources and hot does.

     Just this week several monster bucks have been harvested following does and some were taken while feeding on the food sources. If you still haven’t harvested a buck then now’s the time to get outdoors and hunt for that last minute buck!

     Don’t miss out on an opportunity to take advantage of this late “single shot” season and harvest succulent venison or a trophy buck. And who knows, you just might harvest the buck of your lifetime!

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